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There she blows: Whales of Howe Sound

Last week our deck dining was interrupted by the unmistakable sound of whale blow. I turned in time to watch two humpbacks ever so close to shore finish their breath and submerge

If you find yourself as I did with two months of vacation time, you might consider island hoping around the islands of South Thailand.
Each April sees several of the countries of Southeast Asia welcome the New Year with water, colour and mischief.
Shock and disbelief best describe my reaction on learning from Khin, my site guide, that Bagan was not one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
On behalf of Tours of Exploration I joined a small group of Canadian nature tour operators and several Honduran birding experts. The aim of the one-week journey was to assess the potential for expanding avitourism in this Central American country.  
Guanaha, one of the Bay Islands off the north coast of Honduras, is still known for its sweet water and tranquility. My trip there is coming to a close but the memories will last for a long time. 
I have returned to Inle Lake, a place I visited 30 years ago as a young backpacker.  In the mid-eighties, a seven day visa was all the time the Government of the Burmese Republic allowed.  
I am back in Jinhua for another teaching term, this time only for three weeks as I am teaching a condensed Strategic management course on resorts and hotels to the 3rd year diploma students who graduate soon. My schedule aligns nicely with another Royal Roads instructor – D'arcy Dornan who is here from Brasil. We are collaborating nicely as we teach the same group of students at opposite times.
Memories of VIA rail travel in Canada When my daughter graduates this spring from the University of Saskatchewan I am leaning towards taking VIA rail. I must convince my husband of the virtues of long distance train travel. The difference in our levels of enthusiasm might be explained in part by differences in our past experience with train travel, and in part by our cultural identity.
Nestled in the eastern Himalayas between India and Tibet lies the sparsely populated mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Roughly the size of Switzerland the nation is fondly referred to by the Bhutanese as Druk Yul – land of the Thunder Dragon. For 15 days, our small group of Canadian and US travellers traversed Bhutan from Samdrup Jongkhar in the lesser-traveled eastern area and made our way to Paro in the west. Our journey took us through five of the six main Dzonghags (districts) of Western Bhutan – Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Thimpu, Unemployment and Ha. All are located in valleys ranging from 1306 – 2700 m.

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